After a great steak-and-eggs breakfast this morning at the semi-famous Far Western Tavern in Guadalupe (between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara), I was driving south down the town's main drag and spotted an amazing-looking roadside bbq operation on the east side of the street. It was more of a cart-and-table operation than a storefront -- definitely looked unlicensed, illegal, etc. Also looked *really* good, and the fact that I'd just had a steak breakfast suddenly didn't matter.
The guy was selling beef ribs, tri-tip, and chicken, all smoked over an oak fire. I got three huge ribs for $3 (!), brought them back to the car, and dug in. I usually prefer pork ribs to beef ribs, but I might have to revise that policy after today -- these were, without question, the best beef ribs I've ever had. No hot sauce -- just a nice spicy dry rub. First-rate!
Don't know if this guy is a fixture in Guadalupe or if I was just lucky enough to catch him on the day he was there, but it's worth investigating -- a major find.